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Hyde Park Players’ latest play will leave audiences spell-bound

Hyde Park Players’ latest play will leave audiences spell-bound

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are showing off their acting, and spelling, skills in their latest production. On Nov. 13, the players will begin their six-show run of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which will come alive on stage at the University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Community(…)

Police misconduct records released to the public

Police misconduct records released to the public

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Misconduct complaint records for over 8,500 Chicago Police officers are now easily accessible to the public through an online database launched today by the Invisible Institute, a journalism production company located at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. The database is titled “the Citizens Police Data Project” and is available at cpdb.co.(…)

Timuel Black to receive honors from the Urban League

Timuel Black to receive honors from the Urban League

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Long time Bronzeville resident Timuel Black is receiving the significant honor of The Edwin C. “Bill” Berry Civil Rights Award at the Chicago Urban League’s 54th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner. Each year, the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave., honors those who have left a positive and lasting impact(…)

Program highlights power of women

Program highlights power of women

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Once a month, a group of women meet to talk about inspiration, creativity and resources in their field of work. Although these women’s careers range from designer to musician, and small business owner to photographer, these women all share one common thing: they are all a female boss. The Chicago(…)

Fight erupts in store

Fight erupts in store

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Joush Om, the owner of Valley of Jordan Food, 1009 E. 53rd St., was arrested last Friday, Oct. 23, following an argument with a 12-year-old middle school student. Ebony Byrd Wesley, the boy’s mother, said that after her son used only pennies to pay for a ten cent piece of(…)

Boutique hotel meeting talks design and parking

Boutique hotel meeting talks design and parking

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The second meeting for the boutique hotel proposal for 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue took place last night to discuss the design’s concept and to address the pressing concerns of the community. GREC Architects presented a design rendering for what the seven-story hotel might look like. Greg Randall, from GREC(…)

Hyde Park Junior Spartans Football Makes Impact On The Community


Hyde Park Junior Spartans Football Makes Impact On The Community


By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Hyde Park Junior Spartans hosted the Gators of Garfield Park in a highly anticipated first round playoff match-up, Saturday, Oct. 31., at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The team boasts some of the top talent of the Chicago South Town United Youth Football League (UYFL).(…)

Student organization continues action against UCPD

Student organization continues action against UCPD

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization at the University of Chicago, held a series of events last week with the ultimate goal of encouraging reforms within the university-appointed committee charged with reviewing complaints brought against the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). The CEP’s week of teach-ins,(…)

FBI head visits U. of C. campus

FBI head visits U. of C. campus

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An affluent alumnus returned to his alma mater at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School on Friday to discuss important and controversial topics of today’s criminal justice system. James Comey, director of the FBI, graduated in 1985 from the U. of C. Law School. He returned to(…)

Star got his start in Hyde Park

Star got his start in Hyde Park

By MARISSA WARNER Special Contributor Stephen Bishop has gained well-earned notoriety as the breakout star of the BET drama “Being Mary Jane” (BMJ). While he continues to branch out in Hollywood, very few may know about his Hyde Park roots. Bishop can recall breaking for lunch at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., and(…)

HPNC providing space for young athletes

HPNC providing space for young athletes

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, Wan’Yae Kelly, a Kenwood Academy sophomore, was the only person present on the empty, hardwood-floored basketball court in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Closer to 5 p.m., a stream of about 15 high school students filled the gymnasium.(…)

Protestors call for more democracy for education decisions

Protestors call for more democracy for education decisions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group rallied against the privatization of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) outside of Ald. Will Burns (4th) office this morning in response to the recent charter school moratorium. On Sept. 24, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) called for a halt on charter school expansion. 42 out of 50 aldermen from across(…)

Local bazaar benefits across seas

Local bazaar benefits across seas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, a Middle-Eastern Coffee Hour and Syrian Bazaar took place at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Items sold benefited mothers and children who have lost their homes in the Syrian Civil War, which has lasted over five years. “Despite all of what is happening in(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust explores Jens Jensen

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust explores Jens Jensen

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As Frank Lloyd Wright was pioneering American architecture in the early 20th century, Jens Jensen was trailblazing the future of landscape design. On Nov. 12 in Hyde Park, Chicago Park District Historian and Preservationist Julia Bachrach will explore the relationship between Wright, his contemporaries and Jensen in a presentation titled(…)

Kenwood Broncos trounce rivals at homecoming

Kenwood Broncos trounce rivals at homecoming

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer It was homecoming Night for the Kenwood Broncos (6-2, 6-0), as they would host conference rivals Washington High, in a Friday night melee featuring All-City senior QB Di Juan McCullom and the high power Broncos offense. “The first half was tough with it being homecoming.” said Broncos head coach Jack(…)

Tour explores Hyde Park haunts

Tour explores Hyde Park haunts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While Hyde Park is mostly known for its historical architecture, the famous Columbian Exposition in 1893 and of course, the home of President Barack åObama, resident Greg Fairbanks is showing a more secretive, dark side to the Chicago neighborhood. For the second year, Fairbanks is hosting a Haunted Hyde Park(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue boutique hotel follow up meeting. 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. The follow up meeting is part two of a meeting first held in August where developers from Smart Hotels, LLC proposed a 90-room boutique hotel equipped with a(…)

Construction artist displays work in Hyde Park

Construction artist displays work in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Driving near the corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and South Lake Park Avenue has been an eye sore since the construction of the City Hyde Park development began. A drive past the corner now, however, results in eye-catching artwork by local artist Joel Maxime, Jr. Maxime began to display his(…)

Muhammad speaks on emancipation at DuSable

Muhammad speaks on emancipation at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, spoke at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. on Oct. 8. “This is the biggest stage I’ve been on in Chicago,” said Muhammad, a South side native who also(…)

Community rallies for resurrection

Community rallies for resurrection

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An historic Woodlawn church that suffered severe structural damage after a fire engulfed the building last week is rallying a community in efforts to rebuild. In the 4 days since a crowd funding campaign was set up online, benefactors have donated almost $38,000 to Shrine of Christ the King church,(…)